by Lucian Armasu, 10 months ago
Two of the more niche markets for Motorola over the past couple of years, have been the ruggedized smartphone market and the physical keyboard market. Motorola was the first to make a ruggedized Android smartphone…
Fresh from the very successful launch of the top of the line Samsung Galaxy S3, U.S. Cellular is hoping to jolt its Android roster some more by introducing two new mid-range phones from Motorola, the Electrify 2 and Defy XT.
The Motorola Electrify 2 is the sequel to Moto’s Photon 4G, which was released a year ago for Sprint. At the heart of the phone is a dual-core 1.2GHz processor, though we’re not sure what SoC it's sporting since it’s not mentioned. It also boasts a 4.3-inch ColorBoost display, 1GB RAM, 8GB onboard storage, microSD card slot, 8MP rear camera with LED flash and 1080p HD camcorder, and 1,780mAh battery.
If you’re a fan of the RAZR series, you’ll feel right at home with the Electrify 2, as it too has that durable Kevlar fiber casing. Size-wise, the phone is a mere 8.4mm thick. The Android 4.0 phone will be sold online for $179.99 with a two-year contract, after a $100 mail-in rebate. You’ll be able to find the Electrify 2 in physical stores starting tomorrow.
The second offering is the rugged Motorola Defy XT, which comes with a dustproof, scratch- and water- resistant 3.7-inch Gorilla Glass display with 854 x 480 resolution. The Defy XT’s other features include a single-core 1GHz processor, 512MB RAM, 5MP rear camera with 720p camcorder, and 1,700mAh battery. Unlike the Electrify 2, the XT only comes with Android 2.3 Gingerbread on board.
The phone will go on sale on August 3, though U.S. Cellular is yet to share its price. It’s worth to mention that Republic Wireless is selling the Motorola Defy XT off-contract for $249.
Are you interested in getting any of two mid-rangers above?